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Scrap metal licences

Apply for a scrap metal dealers licence

You must complete a scrap metal dealers licence application form and provide supporting documentation, as detailed on the application form. This should be returned with the fee, to the licensing team.

Fees 2016/17

Grant of a Site Licence (3 years) - £750
Grant of a Collector’s Licence (3 years) - £300


The Act defines a scrap metal dealer as a person who is for the time being carrying on a business as a scrap metal dealer, whether or not authorised by a licence. It states that scrap metal includes:

  • any old, waste or discarded metal or metallic material; and
  • any product, article or assembly which is made from or contains metal and is broken, worn out or regarded by its last holder as having reached the end of its useful life

The following are not considered to be scrap metal:

  • gold/silver/any alloy of which 2% or more by weight is attributable to gold or silver

Key features of the Act

  • All individuals and businesses complete an enhanced application process to obtain a scrap metal dealer licence. Local authorities will have the power to turn down unsuitable applicants
  • Local authorities have the power to revoke a licence
  • All sellers of metal to provide personal identification at the point of sale, which is recorded by the scrap metal dealer
  • Extending the offence of buying metal with cash to itinerant metal collectors
  • New powers for the police and local authorities to enter and inspect sites
  • Creating a central public register, hosted by the Environment Agency, of all individuals and businesses licensed as scrap metal dealers
  • Widening the definition of a scrap metal dealer to include motor salvage operators

The Environment Agency holds a national register of all licences issued under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

Last updated Monday, 8th October 2018

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